Harold Wilson Ronk

Harold Wilson RonkHarold Wilson Ronk, 85, of Canton, died on Wednesday, August 2, 2006, at 5:50 am at Graham Hospital, Canton. He was born on January 31, 1921 in Canton, IL. to Robert and Dorothy (Wilson) Ronk. They preceded him in death. Harold was one of the most colorful personalities in the Entertainment World, known as the original “Singing Ringmaster”. He had a 30 year association with Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus. With his exciting baritone singing voice, he became the “Legendary Voice of the Circus”. He was a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria with a keen interest in music and theatre. He served as a Naval Communications Officer in the Southwest Pacific during WWII. After the war his promising musical career was established in Washington, D.C. as a baritone soloist at the National Presbyterian Church, with appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Gallery of Art and the Shoreham Hotel Supper Club later known as Sigmund Romberg. In 1950 his future changed as he first stepped into the Center Ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City. For over 30 years, he heralded the arrival of the big Show in the Big Apple. He extended a Circus welcome to Presidential & Military guests, Political luminaries, Sports celebrities & stars from the movie, stage and music world. He was applauded for his thrilling rendition of the National Anthem before each performance. For this, he received a special citation from the Circus Fans of America. Columbia and London Records captured some of his singular magic in their albums, “A Day at the Circus with Mr. Singing Ringmaster; and Circus Spectacular.” In 2001 he was inducted into the Circus Ring of Fame. Retiring in 1981 to Canton, he made his home with his aunt Josephine Mettler.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of ashes will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton at a later date. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton was in charge of arrangements.

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Carol Ann Coney

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Carol Coney, 63, of Peoria, died on Monday, July 31, 2006, at 2:50 pm at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria. Born, July 21, 1943 in Peoria, the daughter of Paul and Grace Fussner, she married Robert W. Coney on Dec. 4, 1971 in Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are one sister; Brenda Barnes of Marshall, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents. She did volunteer work for the Peoria Area Blind People Center and played music for Nursing Homes in the Peoria area. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services. Memorials may be made to the Peoria Area Blind People Center. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Pauline Wright

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Mary Pauline Wright, 91 of 4606 S. Trivoli Rd. Trivoli, formerly of Farmington. Passed away at 1:25 pm Friday July 28th at the Bel-Wood Nursing Home. Born September 24, 1914 to Henry Webster and Mary Pauline Vail Berry, she married Jarvis Everette Wright on April 29, 1939 in Fairview. He died August 19, 1982. She was the oldest of 11 children having 2 sisters and 7 brothers precede her in death. Surviving is a son; Jerold (Norma) Wright of Trivoli, 3 grandchildren; Douglas (Jean) Wright of Virginia Beach, VA., C.J. (Wes) Kingston of Danvers, and Jane (Brian) Behrends of Farmington, 5 great-grandchildren; George Wright, Hannah Wright, Zachary Kingston, Sarah Kingston and Mathew Behrends, 2 step great-grandchildren; Valerie Kingston and Zachary Behrends, 1 brother; Charles (Betty) Berry of Springtown, TX.
Mary was a graduate of Table Grove High School and received her BS with double majors in Math and Physical Education from Carthage College. She did advanced graduate work with a Phi Kappa Phi honor at Bradley University. She taught school for 30 years starting in a one-room country school and retiring from Oak Grove West in Bartonville. Mary owned and published the Farmington and Abington Shoppers. Owned and operated Wright’s Dry Goods Store in Farmington, served on Farmington High School Board, Alpha Park Library Board as Treasure, 25 years as a 4-H Leader having been in 4-H since age 10, life member of the Order of Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron of the Farmington Lodge, President of Farmington Junior and Senior Woman’s Clubs, President of Fulton County Republican Woman’s Club, Regent of Farmington Chapter of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, director of Division 1, Illinois Society NSDAR, served on Peoria Journal Star Educational Advisory Board for 25 years, Chair of Judges and judged at State Science Fairs for 20 years, served as a volunteer at Neighborhood House in Peoria for many years.
Services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, August 2, at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington where visitation will be 1 hour prior to services. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Fairview. Rev. Frank Valente will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to either the Neighborhood House in Peoria or Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Hospice Services.

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Scott Webb

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Scott Webb, 50 of 11623 Greengold Rd. Hanna City, IL. passed away Thursday July 27th in Chicago at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Born April 21st 1956 in Peoria, born to Skippy and Rayma Tribbey Webb. He married Cheryl Kuntz in Peoria in 1974. She survives. Also surviving is one daughter Rebecca (Jimmy) Taylor of Hanna City. Two Grandchildren; Tabitha Ann Land and Connor Taylor both of Hanna City. Step Father Ivan Black of Trivoli and Mother Rayma Black of Hanna City. Also two brothers; Stuart Webb of St. David and Steve Webb of Hanna City.
He lived his life long dream of being an organic farmer on his farm, Greengold Acres. He made weekly produce deliveries to Chicago. He was of the Christian Faith and a member of the NRA.
Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday August 1st at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, where visitation will be Monday July 31st from 6-8pm. Pastor Jim Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, Glasford. In lieu of memorials support your local organic farmer.

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Virginia Lindzey

Virginia Lindzey, 88, of 1675 E. Ash St, Canton, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 3:10 pm at Renaissance Care Center, Canton. Born, July 27, 1917 in Canton, IL. to Clifford and Roxie (Wages) Ball, she married Kenneth M. Lindzey on August 29, 1936 in Peoria. He died March 7, 1976. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers; Virgil and Lloyd Ball and one sister; Edna Meecham. Surviving are one nephew; John (Karen) Ball of Lewistown and two nieces; Pam (Robert) Elkin of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Judy (Steve) Heintz of West Peoria. Graveside services will be Thursday, July 27th at 10:30 am at Greenwood Cemetery. Rev. Stacy Tomich will officiate. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were handled by Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Memorials may be made to Renaissance Care Center, Canton.

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Lela M. Brown

Lela M. BrownLela M. Brown, 83, of Oquawka, IL, formerly of Farmington, died on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab in Stronghurst, IL. Born, Jan 26, 1923, in Mapleton, IL. to Leonard and Susan (Westerfield) Maple, she married Donald J. Brown on May 9, 1944 in Canton. He survives. Also surviving are one son; Dennis (Linda) Brown of Mapleton, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and three sisters; Lucille Long, Lora Beecher and Lois Kopajetich all of Canton. Preceding her in death were her parents and one brother. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Farmington and the Order of Eastern Star in Farmington. Services will be Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington. Father Michael Brooks will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, July 28th from 5 to 7 pm. at the funeral home.Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Illinois.

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Beulah Rodgers

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Beulah E. Rodgers, 90, of S. Main St. Farmington, died at 4:48 pm on Saturday, July 15, 2006 at Farmington Country Manor. Born, November 10, 1915, in Farmington, IL. to William I. and Ida (Erford) Jackson, she married Floyd “Dub” Rodgers on April 18, 1936 in Farmington. He died February 28, 1982. Surviving are one son; Randell Rodgers of Peoria, one daughter; Janice (Mike) Ballard of Ackerman MS., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers and three sisters. She worked at Roger’s Pharmacy in Farmington for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Farmington. She was also a member of the PEO Sisterhood. Services will be Wednesday, July 19th at 11:00 am at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington with the Rev. Joe Richard officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials may be made to her church or Farmington Country Manor.

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Mary F. Goyen

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Mary F. Goyen, 95, of 250 S. Main St. Apt. 201, Canton, died at 7:28 am on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at Graham Hospital, Canton. Born, April 10, 1911, in Trenton, N.J. to Frank and Mary (Pescipo) Donato, she married William “Art” Goyen on Dec. 17, 1938 in Davenport, Iowa. He died March 11, 1977. Surviving are one son; Frank Goyen of Springfield, three grandchildren; Angela (Chris) Oest, Beverly Burgess and Bruce (Kathy) Goyen all of Canton, four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jennifer and Jessica Burgess and Emily Oest and two step-great-grandchildren, Davey and Kyle Wilson. Preceding her in death were her parents, one brother, Joseph Donato and one sister, Sophia Wells. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton. A funeral mass will be Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Canton with Father Arthur D. Meyer officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, where the Rosary will be at 8:45 am. Burial will be in St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery, St. Augustine, IL. Memorials may be made to the family.

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Damon Martin

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Age 84, of Northville, Michigan went home July 12, 2006. Born in St. David, Illinois. Beloved husband of Carol J. (Wimmer) Martin for 24 years. Dearest father of Patricia (Rick) Schilling, Carol Martin (the late Manolo) Gutierrez and Scott Martin. Cherished grandfather of Sara and Leslie Martin Gutierrez of Madrid, Spain; and Jennifer and Elizabeth Schilling of White Lake, Michigan. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his first wife Elaine Martin. Mr. Martin served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Armour College, Chicago, Illinois and joined General Motors. His career with General Motors lasted 34 years, serving in managerial positions in a number of countries around the world. After retiring from General Motors, Mr. Martin became very active for many years managing farms he had acquired in Iowa and Illinois.

Funeral services were held at WARD Presbyterian Church, 40000 Six Mile Road, Northville, Michigan, 48168. Damon’s final resting place will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Local arrangements were handled by Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton.

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Melbert “Lee” Ellis

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Lee Ellis, 89, of 21070 Baughman School Rd. Smithfield, Il. died Sunday, July 9, 2006 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Born Oct. 28, 1916 in Smithfield to John and Emma (Baughman) Ellis, he married Doris Beaird on Oct. 22, 1949 in Smithfield. She died on June 5, 1981. Surviving are two sons; Robert (Cindy) Ellis of Smithfield and James (Debbie) Ellis of Maquon, two daughters; Roberta (Bud) Smith and Nancy (Gary) Yaste both of Smithfield, twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a farmer, worked as an assistant rural mail carrier, a heavy equipment operator and had his own dozer business for many years. He did work for Bob Zaborac Electric in Cuba. He worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation in the maintenance division for 8 years. He welded for Norcross. He retired from Freeman United Coal Mine at Buckheart. He also was a Gunsmith and did woodworking. He was a member of the Brock United Methodist Church, the United Mine Workers of America, the Canton Moose Lodge #784 and the NRA. He was currently on the Case Township Board. Services will be Wednesday, July 12th at 10 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with Rev. Stacy Tomich officiating. Burial will follow at Baughman Cemetery, Smithfield. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 11th from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Red Brick School or the Grant Keime Foundation.

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